Three words adequately describe why most people come to Monticello: golf, golf and, you guessed it, golf. Monticello is a small town in New York State that has become a weekend getaway for New York City’s high society residents. Days filled with fine wine, exceptional food, and a few rounds on one of the city’s many stellar greens are what city slickers look forward to. There are a few cultural and historical attractions but the main aim of most visitors is good old rest and relaxation.
Things to see
There’s nothing better than playing a few rounds at a premier green during a relaxing vacation. Lucky for visitors to Monticello, the Honesdale Golf Club offers just this. Putt a few holes, knock back a few spritzers, and enjoy the finer side of Monticello living.
If you’re looking for something a bit more fast-paced, head to the famous Monticello Casino and Raceway. Not only can you try your hand at the slots but you can also catch a high-speed chase here during the racing season.
The Grossinger Country Club has become known as the playground of the elite in Monticello. The main activity here is golf, so you’d better bring your A-game because the locals sure know how to throw a mean swing.
Named one of the best placed to play by GolfWeek magazine in 2010, Concord Monster Golf Course is by far the most famous and the most sought-after green in Monticello. Designed by greats and used by the famous, Monster is the place to putt.
An historic institution in the region, Wayne County Courthouse has been around since 1798. It was central in resolving many disputes in the New York region during its early years and remains an important feature today.
Hotels in Monticello
Monticello is an upmarket area so budget travelers will find few options here to suit their pockets. Monticello was once labeled as the resort belt of New York and was famed for its large number of sprawling and lavish resorts.
Today, there aren’t as many resorts as before, but there are still several upscale hotels. Be prepared to slip on that complimentary white cotton gown, order 24-hour room service, and sip champagne from your oversized balcony.
Where to stay
Monticello proper is where most visitors like to be based – it is the county seat, after all. Moreover, it is a charming town with a small population and great accommodations.
Wurtsboro is just a short drive away from Monticello and an equally appealing place to be based. The town has more of a small village atmosphere than Monticello but still maintains all of the modern amenities needed by modern travelers. Liberty, as the name would suggest, is an historic town boasting a long and proud Civil War history. There are many stellar historical and cultural landmarks here which make it the perfect stop for a daytrip or even an overnight stay.
How to get to Monticello
There is no airport in Monticello itself so visitors who plan on flying here need to arrive at the nearest gateway to the city, Stewart International Airport in Newburgh. LaGuardia Airport is another good option, especially for international flights.
Short Line Bus services operate to Monticello bus station, which receives traffic from across the region.
For self-drivers, Monticello is conveniently located on Interstate 86 and is easily reached from New York City and surrounds.